The history of the ‘Blyth and Tyne’ as the line is still referred to by local railwaymen both past and present is not a simple one; unlike many other routes it was more of an evolution from waggonways and other private systems being joined together. One of the best websites to date is the Disused Stations (B&T) page which gives excellent information on the history of each individual station on the route as well as a useful overview of the routes history.
While the historic name is the Blyth and Tyne, we opted for the modern ‘Ashington, Blyth and Tyne’ to better reflect both the geographic spread of the group, as well as highlight the interesting Ashington Coal Company network of lines which was one of only a small number that carried passengers as well as coal. This line, running northwards from Ashington has become best known as the Butterwell Branch, as it ran to what was once Butterwell Opencast adjacent to the east coast mainline. This article from PressReader.com gives a great deal of information about the ACC network, and is a great addition to the Disused Stations website.
Since 2004, SENRUG has campaigned for the re-opening of the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Railway for passenger services, lost since 1964. Please visit the SENRUG website for more information
R. B. Longridge and Co.
Not only was the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne area home to an interesting rail network in its own right, but there was also an early locomotive builder by the name of R. B. Longridge and Co, with the owners/managers very closely connected to the famous Robert Stephenson, this article from the Morpeth Herald gives an excellent account of Michael Longridge and his interaction with the famous Stephenson family. Also of interest is this short article by a model maker on De Arend (The Eagle), first loco to run in Holland and build in Bedlington.
Sir Daniel Gooch
Please see his dedicated website, ran by the ABTRA Chairman: https://sirdanielgooch200.wordpress.com/about/